Wetterlin - En plats som alla andra, men ändå inte. En undersökning om den inre och yttre bilden av ett bostadsområde
Sammanfattning: How we perceive ourselves in relation to where we live is a matter of how the place we livein is perceived by society and other people. Ristilammi (1994) points out that neighbourhoodsconsidered bad reflect badly on the people who live there which causes them also having todefine themselves through the expectations other people have on them based on where theylive. Thus if the place we live in is associated with negative symbols such as crime, garbageand drugs it will most likely have an affect on how we perceive ourselves and oursurroundings.I have focused my study on the neighbourhood of Wetterlin in my hometown Falköping. Theneighbourhood has for a long time been considered as a "bad neighbourhood", and has beenassociated with crime and unsafety. In order to gain an understanding of what kind of affectthe negative discourses of a neighborhood can have on the people living there I haveinterviewed five people who reside in said neighbourhood. The material has been analyzedthrough discourse analysis as well as Sara Ahmed's theoretical frameworks for stickiness andemotions.The study has shown that people living in the neighbourhood of Wetterlin in different wayshave had to adapt to the position that the discourse has appointed them. From this positionthey might have found it necessary to reject the discourse and try to neutralize it inconversation with others. The study also proves that the understanding of Wetterlin iscomplex and how one perceives certain aspects of the neighbourhood may differ dependingon individual reasons.
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